Some Arkansas wedding venues are enjoying a welcome business boom as the country returns to normal.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Some wedding venues are experiencing a welcome business boom as the country returns to normal.

“It was phenomenal from a business standpoint,” said Uche Onyeyiri.

Onyeyiri, the owner of Angelo’s Garden in Mayflower, is booked almost every weekend for the rest of the year. It will start filling up as early as 2022.

“We’re back to pre-pandemic levels in terms of the number of weddings,” he said.

This is a huge relief to Uche, who lost tens of thousands of dollars in 2020. He wasn’t sure how things would turn out this year.

“You have to understand that at one point I really thought I was going to lose my business,” he said.

But the moment the restrictions were lifted and cases stayed low, Uche was back in business.

“As soon as the world reopened or the United States reopened, our phones started ringing again and people stopped asking those pandemic questions I’m ready to start planning my wedding,” Uche said.

He said many of the couples he books now have been engaged for more than a year.

“So they know they waited and just sat to see what the result would be. They saw the green light and were just starting to book their venues,” he said.

Others have also postponed from 2020, so Uche said Saturday dates are becoming harder and harder to come by. He recommends planning your wedding at least 12 months in advance to make sure you get everything you want.

“Make sure you get your top salespeople. The venue you like, the photographer, the DJ you like and things like that, ”said Uche.

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